Chapecoense opponents ask for title to be awarded to tragic club

The wreckage of a chartered airplane that crashed in La Union, a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia. The plane was carrying the Brazilian first division soccer club Chapecoense team that was on it's way for a Copa Sudamericana final match against Colombia's Atletico Nacional. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Copa Sudamericana finalists Atletico Nacional have requested that organisers CONMEBOL award the title to Chapecoense.

A chartered plane carrying the Chapecoense team and entourage crashed in Colombia last night while on its way to the finals of the regional tournament, killing 76 people.

The teams were scheduled to play on Wednesday in the first leg of a two-game final.

Atletico Nacional paid tribute to their opponents on Twitter, with a message that translated as: “They came for a dream, they depart as legends”.

It is understood they have asked the organisers to award the title to Chapecoense as a mark of respect.

The 76 dead are thought to include members of the squad, club officials and journalists who were covering the final.

Poignant footage being circulated on social media shows the squad celebrating a win in the tournament five days ago.

The world of football in united in sorrow at the loss of so many lives and in sympathy for the grief of those left behind.

Three days of mourning have been declared in Brazil. A spokesman for the club says the goalkeeper Danilo - who was rescued alive - has died in hospital.

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